Scrambling of Sequence Information in Collision-Induced Dissociation of Peptides

Department of Chemistry, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Journal of the American Chemical Society (Impact Factor: 12.11). 09/2006; 128(32):10364-5. DOI: 10.1021/ja062440h
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Collision-induced dissociation (CID) of protonated YAGFL-NH2 leads to nondirect sequence fragment ions that cannot directly be derived from the primary peptide structure. Experimental and theoretical evidence indicate that primary fragmentation of the intact peptide leads to the linear YAGFLoxa b5 ion with a C-terminal oxazolone ring that is attacked by the N-terminal amino group to induce formation of a cyclic peptide b5 isomer. The latter can undergo various proton transfer reactions and opens up to form something other than the YAGFLoxa linear b5 isomer, leading to scrambling of sequence information in the CID of protonated YAGFL-NH2.

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    • "In recent years, Harrison and co-workers reported that middle-sized b n + (n≥4) ions undergo macrocyclization followed by ring-opening process in low-energy CID conditions [16] [17]. Numerous studies have provided a better understanding of the cyclization chemistry of b ions [18] [19] [20] [21] [22] [23] [24]. "

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    • "This can occur when amino acids undergo side chain fragmentation along with the usual peptide bond cleavages . Another phenomenon that can lead to misidentification is scrambling: [6] [15] upon collisional activation, the peptide may form a cyclic intermediate that re-opens leading to a permutation of the original sequence [16]. A review of fragmentation mechanisms of peptides was given by Paisz and Suhai [3]. "
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    • "[14] Recently, numerous experimental and theoretical studies have revealed that middle-sized b n (n = 5, 6, 7 …) ions undergo intramolecular head-to-tail cyclization to form a protonated cyclic peptide intermediate. [15] [16] [17] [18] [19] [20] [21] [22] [23] [24] [25] Upon proton transfer (PT), this cyclic structure subsequently reopens at different amide bonds to form a variety of C-terminal oxazolone b isomers with a permuted sequence, which may result in erroneous assignment of fragment ions for database searches. The lysine acetylation is one of the most prominent posttranslational modification found in proteins and plays vital roles in regulation of protein activity and gene expression. "
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